Last week at InsureTech Connect in Las Vegas, Aite Group hosted our inaugural Fraud Roundtable and Networking event. In attendance were life and property and casualty (P&C) carriers that came together with a common purpose: to discuss application and claims fraud. Our intention was to spur active discussion about the human element of fraud, explore ways to identify it, and discuss strategies to prevent it. We focused on three main categories of fraud detection and prevention with our event sponsors and carrier panelists:
In the last 48 hours, three of the four largest discount brokerages have cut their commission charges on trades to zero. Combined, Charles Schwab (who commenced the expedition to zero), TD Ameritrade, and E-Trade have US$2.35 trillion retail client assets and over 28 million brokerage accounts. Thus, the switch to zero commission by these three firms enables the majority of U.S.-based clients engaged with retail brokerages to now use their services for free.
FinovateFall is right around the corner, as hard as that is to believe (how is it already fall?). This is always one of my favorite events, as startups and established players introduce their latest financial technology innovations and inventions. This year, I’m excited to be participating on the main stage as I help FICO unveil its newest innovation, Falcon X.
As I creep ever closer to my eighth work anniversary here at Aite Group, I’ve been in a somewhat reflective mood. What lessons have I learned from listening to eight years of vendor clients and prospects talking about their fintech friends and foes? What have I gleaned from hours of demos and feedback sessions with the vendors and consultants that service the capital markets?
Fraud is an ever-present threat to insurance companies. Most estimates place the impact of fraud at 10% of premiums, and that leads to billions of dollars in losses every year. Every time we think we are starting to catch up to the latest fraud efforts, new schemes pop up to take advantage of our industry. The real problem is that most traditional fraud detection methods happen after the payment, which creates a “pay and chase” situation resulting in expensive recovery efforts.